Laser Printer or Inkjet Printer?

Updated 3/25/2011 by SuperMediaStore Staff

You need a new printer but you do not know whether to choose an Inkjet or a Laser printer? If you understand the differences between Inkjet and Laser printers, you will fmore at ease when choosing the optimal printer for yourself. Here are a few topics that can help you compare Inkjet and Laser printers:

There are some using situations come down to the following:

  1. Where to Use: What do you use an Inkjet printer or a Laser printer for? Which need will be largely depend on your requirements. Generally speaking, Inkjet printers are an optimal choice for home users or home office, which only have few texts and photos that need to be printed. Laser printers are a better choice for larger office environments like businesses or corporations that have high-volume and high-quality printing requirements.


  2. Cost: Laser printers are more expensive than Inkjet printers, but Laser printers can print higher quality documents more quickly and efficiently. The cost can be divided into two sub-categories - initial cost and operating cost. If we compared the Inkjet printers and Laser printer, the Inkjet printers have a lower initial buying cost but a higher maintenance cost, the Laser printers have a higher initial purchasing cost and lower operating cost. Laser printers are a better option for long periods of use. They are designed to deal with higher volumes and higher capacities than Inkjet printers. And don’t forget that the initial purchasing cost of an Inkjet printer may be low but the cost of expendables like paper and ink may increase your budget.

    • Laser / Inkjet Printers for Home Usage - If you need a printer used at home, it is better that you choose an Inkjet printer. It will work best for you from a cost, maintenance and print quality standpoint.

    • Laser / Inkjet Printers for Small Businesses - Small businesses are different from home users. Many small businesses use both Inkjet printers and Laser printers. They use Inkjet printers for individual office use and Laser printers for departments which need to print documents with large quantities and high quality.

    • Laser / Inkjet Printers for Corporations - Corporations also use a mix of Inkjet and Laser printers, but on a much larger scale. It isn’t strange for a large corporation to have 100 Inkjet printers and 25 Laser printers.


  3. Quality: Laser printers have the ability to print very high quality documents. Since Inkjet printers spill out droplets of ink to print, the solution tends to be lower than that of Laser printers. If you're searching for inexpensive black or color printing, Inkjet printers will be your best choice as the quality is also very good. If you need the ability to print documents with high quality in a short time, a Laser printer will be the optimal decision for you.


  4. Speed: Speed is a factor that many businesses concerns about. That is why Laser printers are so popular amongst corporations and organizations worldwide. There is no doubt that Laser printers can print much faster than Inkjet printers. The least expensive Laser printer can print around 10 to 15 pages per minute.


  5. Technology: The technology used for Inkjet cartridges is simpler and less expensive than the laser toner cartridges like the TN650 and the HP CE285A. The black Inkjet cartridge has only black ink. The color Inkjet printer contains two main ink cartridges, black and other main colors, individually. The main colors are divided into three sections: cyan, magenta and yellow ink. When you use Inkjet printers other colors are formed by mixing black, cyan, magenta, and yellow. The Laser toners use a more complicated technology. A powder called Toner is used by Laser printers, fax machines and photocopiers to print text and images on Laser and photo paper. The HP CB436A would be another example of a popular toner cartridge carried by SuperMediaStore.com.


  6. Networking: The high-end Laser printers generally come with networking systems for you to connect to your computer network directly. This cuts down extra costs associated with networking. The ink printers cannot be directly linked to a network. Networking has to be via a computer, and therefore more expensive.